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Erase the difference

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Join CMHA in the call to erase the difference.
For decades, mental health and addictions services in communities throughout Ontario have been chronically underfunded compared to other parts of the health system. The result: it’s impossible to meet the needs of Ontarians. Wait times are up. Programs have been cut. People are falling through the cracks.
But we’re on the cusp of something big. For the first time in a long time, there’s widespread acceptance about the urgent need for quality mental health and addiction services. The federal government is providing an unprecedented amount of money for mental health and addictions services. And with the provincial election coming this spring, Ontario’s three main political parties all believe it’s a key issue.
Now is the time for all Ontarians who have been touched by mental health or addictions issues to make their voice heard. Join us in letting provincial candidates know that it’s time to #erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care. 
Visit erasethedifference.ca and sign the petition. Then ask three friends to do the same.
With your help, we can send a strong message ahead of Ontario's June 7, 2018 election.
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World Suicide Prevention Day

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CMHA commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day

Each small moment can add up to make a big difference.

That's the message individuals, organizations, policy makers and advocates are sharing this year to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) estimates that each day in Canada, 11 people end their life and 210 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. The tragedy of suicide impacts the entire community.

Raising awareness opens doors to help, hope and healing. CASP is encouraging Canadians to participate in WSPD and take a minute to:

• Wear a suicide prevention ribbon

• Speak up and share the message on social media that help is available

• Reach out to a friend or family member who may be struggling and ask them if they want to talk


CMHA Champlain East offers Livingworks certified trainings, for more information click here.

Though not all suicides can be prevented, some strategies can help reduce the risk, such as:

• Seeking treatment, care and support for mental health concerns — and building a good relationship with a doctor or other health professionals

• Staying connected with a care team or community-based program to help manage stress and monitor for thoughts of suicide

• Building social support networks, such as family, friends, a peer support or support group, or connections with a cultural or faith community

• Learning good coping skills to deal with problems, and trusting in coping abilities


Universal prevention strategies recommended by the World Health Organization also include increasing access to health care and responsible media reporting.

For more information or to learn more about the suicide prevention or positive mental health, contact CMHA Champlain East at 613-933-5845 or 1-800-493-8271.


The suicide prevention Coalition would like to thank  YoutTV    Cornwall for providing the promotional video’s for our upcoming “POSTER CAMPAIGN” in 800 school buses, reaching 33,000 students a day by February 28th, 2018.   This collaboration between Your TV Cornwall, STEO, Kids Help Phone and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Champlain East has been an example of how communities can work together to prevent suicide. In connection with World Suicide Prevention Day the coalition along with its partners is making every effort to support youth in our community by providing visibility to a 24 hour resource aimed at supporting youth www.kidshelpphone.ca


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Reach Out Now


Segment 1- World Suicide Prevention ( Coalition)




Segment 2- World Suicide Prevention (STEO)


Kids Help Line

Segment 3- World Suicide Prevention (Kids Help Phone)


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For more information and activities go to their website:


International Association for
Suicide Prevention (IASP)


Mood Walk

Mood Walks was developed by the CMHA as a province-wide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature,
or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health.

An increasing body of evidence suggests that one of the best ways to improve mental well-being is by simply
spending more time outdoors. Walking in nature has been proven to provide health benefits such increased
energy and immunity, increased weight loss and fitness, increased Vitamin D production, and reduced risk of
diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.


 Please note that the scheduled Mood Walk for August 27th 2018 has been cancelled. We will be holding another walk in September in Larose Forest.


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LivingWorks Training Sessions

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Suicide Asist  - Intervention Skills Training

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first-aid, to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help. This 2-day workshop will provide participants with the necessary skills to help a person at risk of suicide.

The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, teachers, counselors, school support staff, youth workers, police and correctional staff, clergy and community volunteers.

ASIST workshop is held on two consecutive days between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and participants must attend both days.

The cost for the ASIST workshop is $203.40(HST included) per participant. Lunch not included.

ASIST Workshop Dates  
8:30 am - 4:30pm (both days) lunch breaks will be between 12:30 and 1:30pm
  •  dates to be determined





Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - Tune-Up (Refresher)

Suicide Asist  - Intervention Skills Training

The ASIST Tune-Up applies to those individuals who have completed ASIST. The TUNE-UP Workshop is a half-day program which focuses on dispelling a few notions about suicide, on tuning up the suicide risk review and safe plan guide, the suicide intervention model as well as reviewing available resources.

Generally, ASIST TuneUp, training refresher, is suggested within three years of the initial ASIST workshop, with the full two-day ASIST workshop to be re-taken every five years.

The cost for the half-day workshop is $67.80 ($60.00 + HST).

ASIST Tune-Up Workshop Dates
    • date to be determined.



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Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided - leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

safeTALK is for everybody who wants to help prevent suicide; front line workers, clergy, volunteers, parents, youth (15 years and older), teachers, law enforcement.

Suicide prevention 

Friday September 7th, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
CMHA Champlain East
329 Pitt St., Cornwall
Special rate: $33.90 (reg. $67.80)
Space is limited
English Session

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suicideTALK: An exploration in suicide awareness

suicideTALK is a session that invites interested community members to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question, "Should we talk about suicide?"

As a suicideTALK-informed session member, you will be better able to:

  • understand how personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety;
  • appreciate how the steps taught in safeTALK can be used to help prevent suicide;
  • choose among ways to help protect, preserve and promote life in a suicide-safer community.


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